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SPOOKtacular DIY Halloween Projects – Pt. 1

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Jennifer Carver from The Carver Crew is here today with a MAJOR amount of crafty Halloween inspiration to share! She and friend/”crafty side-kick” Vivian Kerr used a collection of Anders Ruff printables to create more than 20 super stylish, Halloween-centric DIY projects – from custom candy bar wrappers and pumpkin lanterns to super cute “candy bottles” made from Starbucks Frappuccino bottles. She even embellished the beverage carrier!

Scroll down for Projects 1 – 12, and stay tuned for more ideas in Part 2!



by Jennifer Carver

“Halloween will be here before you can say, ‘BOO!’   I thought it would be fun to create some cute Halloween crafts, gifts and party favors this year the newest printable Halloween package from Anders Ruff. I called upon one of my favorite crafty side-kicks, Vivian Kerr (you may remember her incredible pirate party), to help me scare up some inspiration for your little ghosts and goblins.  Part 1 and Part 2 of this post is filled with over 25 SPOOKtacular DIY ideas for brewing up your own ghoulish Halloween fun.   Anders Ruff’s printables make it so easy!  A big thank you to Andrea Pasion Photography for beautifully capturing our spooky projects.”


PROJECTS #1-2:  Altered Candy Bar Wrappers

Halloween DIY Crafts - Candy Bar Wrappers

Need a fast treat that is ‘too cute to spook’?  Grab a couple of your favorite candy bars (we used the large sized Hershey bars, but any sized flat bar would work) .  Print some of Anders Ruff’s coordinating digital papers, treat labels & tags.  Add some scraps of ribbon and recreate this look in minutes!  (The Haunted House is a Paper Bliss sticker set.)


PROJECTS #3-4:  Altered Beverage Jars/Carrier

We love projects that involve using recycled materials.  This is one of our favorites.  We had our friend save her Starbucks Frappuccino bottles & lids for us.  Creating these cute bottles is easy.  Wash & dry the bottles thoroughly.  Add a coat of black spray paint to the lids.  Fill with various Halloween candies.  Use any of the adorable Anders Ruff beverage wraps, or trim the treat wrappers down to size and secure to the bottle with strong adhesive.  (We like Stampin’ Up’ Sticky Strip.) We also added some raffia, a tag and some coordinating papers from AR’s collection to complete the look.  As you can see from the picture, we also refashioned the cardboard Starbucks drink carrier by covering it in coordinating paper & reducing the AR letters to decorate the front!


PROJECT #5:  Altered Paint Can

Mini paint cans can be filled with all sorts of ghoulish delights and are easily decorated using printable elements from Anders Ruff’s Halloween collection, scraps of coordinating ribbon and fabric.


PROJECTS #6-7:  Pumpkin Lantern & ‘TREATS’ Banner

Re-create the pumpkin lanternsby tracing a leaf pattern on one of the green AR printable papers.  Add a green chenile stem vine (twist around a pencil to get the corked look) and a brown chenile stem.  Simply print out the TREAT sign, mount on black cardstock, punch holes and add ribbon or twine to hang.


PROJECT #8:  Trick or Treat Tote Bag

Vivian designed and sewed this adorable trick or treat tote bag.  Don’t you just love the bat she printed from Anders Ruff’s Halloween collection onto iron on fabric transfers?


PROJECT #9:  Altered Gum Case

Easily transform an inexpensive pack of gum into an adorable Halloween favor.  (Here we used Extra Dessert Delights brand gum, in an Orange Creme flavor.)


PROJECT #10:  Altered Tic-Tac Box

Who knew a scallop punch, circle punch, a button and a few elements from AR’s printable package could make an ordinary box of Tic-Tacs look so fun?!


PROJECTS #11-12: Halloween Push Up Pops

We love coming up with unique ways to display desserts. How fun would your Halloween dessert table look with push up pops, cake pops, suckers and more coming out of coffins lined with styrofoam? Or, use the coffins to house other frightening treats. (We spray painted coffins, lined them with coordinating AR papers, topped the coffin lids off with AR’s darling treat labels cut to size and displayed our orange ice cream push up pops inside.)


P.S. Click here to check out projects 13 – 25!



Jennifer Carver & Vivian Kerr: Styling
Anders Ruff Custom Designs:  Halloween Printables
Andrea Pasion Photography:  Photography
JoAnn Fabrics:  fabric for aprons/chef hats/tote bags, paper-mâché coffin boxes, pumpkin lanterns (from Martha Stewart kit), sucker sticks, buttons, craft foam (for lining coffins)
Michael’s:  raffia, Halloween ribbon, jute/twine, cellophane bags, mini paint can
Stampin’ Up:  craft punches, cardstock, Snail adhesive, Sticky Strip, gold thread
Wal-Mart: black spray paint, glossy photo paper, Avery full-sheet sticker labels
Cash & Carry:  glassine bags
JB Prince:  push up pop containers
IKEA:  metal tins
Party City:  candy, suckers


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5 responses to “SPOOKtacular DIY Halloween Projects – Pt. 1”

  1. Love the ingenuity here! Such a simple way to create personalized favors and unique items!

  2. Stephanie says:

    Love them all! Especially those Frappucino bottles – what a great idea!

  3. Cate says:

    I LOVE everything here! The look is clean, classy and very festive!!

  4. jean kendrick says:

    wonderful ideas!!!

  5. These are really lovely. Well done!